Real Life Adventures: Gilmerton Cove
Jul13

Real Life Adventures: Gilmerton Cove

Real Life Adventures: Gilmerton Cove By Daniel J. Bishop The idea of a dungeon hidden beneath a building in town is an old one in gaming. This past August I had the opportunity to visit one that exists in real life. Gilmerton Cove is far from a megadungeon, but it is large and old enough to be interesting—and it certainly has lessons for the prospective Game Master. Gilmerton is a suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland, that used to be a coal...

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Real Life Adventures: The Tolkien Exhibit at the Morgan Museum
Mar04

Real Life Adventures: The Tolkien Exhibit at the Morgan Museum

Real Life Adventures – The Tolkien Exhibit at the Morgan Museum by Michael Curtis A couple of days before Valentine’s Day, as snow and freezing rain spit down upon me, I found myself standing on a railroad station platform awaiting the arrival of the train that would whisk me away into the heart of New York City. Poor weather notwithstanding, I was on a quest, one that would take me more than 100 years into the past by our reckoning...

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Real Life Adventures – The Robert E. Howard House
Jan25

Real Life Adventures – The Robert E. Howard House

113 years ago, Robert E. Howard was born. Best known for his character Conan, Howard also created Solomon Kane, Kull the Conquerer, and the sword and sorcery genre as we know it today. If you play D&D or DCC, you have touched Howard’s work, whether you know it or not. To honor his birth, we present this special installment of Real Life Adventures, where intrepid writer-adventurer Marc Bruner visits Howard’s birthplace in Texas....

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Real Life Adventures: Doug and Wayne Visit the Frazetta Museum
Nov09

Real Life Adventures: Doug and Wayne Visit the Frazetta Museum

It can be argued that the single most influential artist of the 20th century was Frank Frazetta. He is one of the most famous illustrators of the 20th century, with works that ranged from comics and advertising, to book covers and film designs and storyboards. For many, he is thought of as an iconic illustrator of Conan. Even in the realm of the classic fantasy genre most commonly associated him with, his career went much further. He...

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Real Life Adventures: Algonquin Park
Oct12

Real Life Adventures: Algonquin Park

Real Life Adventures: Algonquin Park By Daniel J. Bishop Canada is the second-largest country in the world, with only Russia being larger. Even so, most of Canada’s population hugs the American border, and that which does not is largely found along the coasts. Algonquin Provincial Park is located where the Province of Ontario begins to get a little less heavily populated. At approximately 3,000 square miles, the park is as third again...

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Real Life Adventures: Haliburton Canopy Walk and Wolf Centre
Sep08

Real Life Adventures: Haliburton Canopy Walk and Wolf Centre

Real Life Adventures: Haliburton Canopy Walk and Wolf Centre By Daniel J. Bishop While many were celebrating the “Best Four Days in Gaming” this year, I celebrated my birthday by visiting the Haliburton Forest in Ontario, Canada. This entailed spending a night in at 23 Maple Bed & Breakfast in Haliburton so that I could be on time for a 9 am canopy walk tour. This is something that I had wanted to do for years, and it was a blast....

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Real Life Adventures: Quest for the Wizard Van
Aug10

Real Life Adventures: Quest for the Wizard Van

Real Life Adventures: Quest for the Wizard Van By Dieter Zimmerman As many fans know, Goodman Games has quested for many years in search of a wizard van. Nothing would make us more happy than rolling up to the game store in a 1970’s-style van with bubble windows and a wizard mural painted on the side. And of course we’d run games out of the back at Gen Con! Our 2015 Gen Con Program Guide  even featured a digital mockup of our...

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Real Life Adventures – The Robert E. Howard House
Jan22

Real Life Adventures – The Robert E. Howard House

112 years ago on this day, Robert E. Howard was born. Best known for his character Conan, Howard also created Solomon Kane, Kull the Conquerer, and the sword and sorcery genre as we know it today. If you play D&D or DCC, you have touched Howard’s work, whether you know it or not. To honor his birth, we present this special installment of Real Life Adventures, where intrepid writer-adventurer Marc Bruner visits Howard’s birthplace...

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